Hero 8-Year-Old Boy Saves Choking Classmate’s Life With Heimlich maneuver

Garret Brown is being hailed as a hero for saving his classmate Cashton York in school in Oklahoma by performing the Heimlich maneuver.


The 8 year old from Norman, Oklahoma sprang into action and performed the maneuver on his friend who was choking on a chicken nugget in school, during lunch.

“Heimlich maneuver, is a first aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstructions (or choking) by foreign objects. American doctor Henry Heimlich is often credited for its creation. Performing abdominal thrusts involves a rescuer standing behind a patient and using their hands to exert pressure on the bottom of the diaphragm. This compresses the lungs and exerts pressure on any object lodged in the trachea, hopefully expelling it.”

“Extremely scary to know in a matter of seconds my child could have choked to death on food, at school when you’re not around,” York’s mother recounted. “There are not enough words to be grateful for saving him.”

The young boy with a great presence of mind, recognizing the danger his friend was in, did not wait for the adults while his other classmates were calling for help. He had immediately jumped in to perform the maneuver as trained by his father and was able to save his friend on time.